The University of Edinburgh has renamed its David Hume Tower over the philosopherâ€™s â€œcomments on matters of raceâ€.
The building, which will be used as a student study space in the current academic year, will now be known as 40 George Square.
An online petition claiming David Hume â€œwrote racist epithetsâ€ was set up in the summer calling for the building to be renamed and has been signed more than 1,700 times.
The university announced the move in a statement on the work of its Equality and Diversity Committee and its Race Equality and Anti-Racist Sub-committee.
It said its work had been â€œenergisedâ€ since the death in the US of George Floyd and campaigning by the Black Lives Matter movement.
â€œIt is important that campuses, curricula and communities reflect both the universityâ€™s contemporary and historical diversity and engage with its institutional legacy across the world,â€ the statement said.
â€œFor this reason the university has taken the decision to rename â€“ initially temporarily until a full review is completed â€“ one of the buildings in the central area campus.â€
It added: â€œThe interim decision has been taken because of the sensitivities around asking students to use a building named after the 18th century philosopher whose comments on matters of race, though not uncommon at the time, rightly cause distress today.â€
It remains a mystery how, practically universally, the people who have risen to the top in the West’s most elite institutions are all such idiots and cowards that they will instantly surrender to the insolent and irrational demands of students intoxicated with a contemptible and pernicious ideology. Somehow it has happened that the responsibility for transmitting and preserving knowledge has been placed in the hands of people who are incapable of, and indifferent to the moral obligation of, distinguishing irrationality and barbarism from the fundamental values of liberal education.
Why aren’t there grownups in charge?